Michael Rooker



Place of birth:

Jasper, Alabama, USA:


Michael Rooker (born April 6, 1955) is an American actor known for his roles as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), Chick Gandil in Eight Men Out (1988), Terry Cruger in Sea of Love (1989), Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder (1990), Bill Broussard in JFK (1991), Hal Tucker in Cliffhanger (1993), Jared Svenning in Mallrats (1995), Detective Howard Cheney in The Bone Collector (1999), Grant Grant in Slither (2006), Merle Dixon in AMC's The Walking Dead (2010–2013) and Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and the animated series What If...? (2021). Since 2006, he has been a frequent collaborator of filmmaker James Gunn, and has appeared in all five films Gunn has directed so far.

Film Credits

Vivo (2021)
as Lutador (voice)
The Suicide Squad (2021)
as Brian Durlin / Savant
Renegades: The Bad Boys of NASCAR (2021)
as Himself
F9 (2021)
as Buddy
Love and Monsters (2020)
as Clyde
The Golden Hour: Making of Days of Thunder (2020)
as Himself
Fantasy Island (2020)
as Damon
Brightburn (2019)
as The Big T
Bolden (2019)
as Pat McMurphy
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking (2017)
Life After Flash (2017)
as Himself
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
as Yondu Udonta
The Belko Experiment (2016)
as Bud Melks
Guide to the Galaxy with James Gunn (2014)
as Himself
The Sparrows Are Flying Again! - The Making of the Dark Half (2014)
as Himself
The Driving Dead (2014)
as Trooper
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
as Yondu Udonta
Brother's Keeper (2013)
as Chief Carver
Pennhurst (2012)
as Dr. Death
Hypothermia (2012)
as Ray Pelletier
Rogue River (2012)
as Gas Attendent
Mysteria (2011)
as Captain McCarthy
Cell 213 (2011)
as Ray Clement
Super (2010)
as Abe
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection (2010)
as Red Doc (segment "Jonah Hex") (voice)
Atlantis Down (2010)
as Father / Alien
The Making of The Walking Dead (2010)
as Himself
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex (2010)
as Red Doc (voice)
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
as Defense attorney Billy Watkins
Louis (2010)
as Pat McMurphy
The Marine 2 (2009)
as Church
Freeway Killer (2009)
as Det. St. John
Penance (2009)
as Mann
Super Capers (2009)
as Judge / Dark Winged Vesper
This Man's Life (2008)
as Richard Crummly
Jumper (2008)
as William Rice
Whisper (2007)
as Sydney Braverman
Slither (2006)
as Grant
Lenexa, 1 Mile (2006)
as Russ
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2006)
as Repo Man
Erection of an Epic - The Making of Mallrats (2005)
as Self
Chasing Ghosts (2005)
as Mark Spencer
The Eliminator (2004)
Skeleton Man (2004)
as Captain Leary
Saving Jessica Lynch (2003)
as Colonel Curry
The Box (2003)
as Detective Stafford
Undisputed (2002)
as A.J. Mercker
Replicant (2001)
as Jake
The 6th Day (2000)
as Robert Marshall
Newsbreak (2000)
as John McNamara
Here on Earth (2000)
as Malcolm Arnold
Table One (2000)
as Rowdy
Wicked Ways (1999)
as Matt Draper / Dr. Matthew Swan
The Bone Collector (1999)
as Captain Howard Cheney
CounterForce (1998)
as Matt Cooper
Brown's Requiem (1998)
as Fritz Brown
Shadow Builder (1998)
as Father Vassey
The Replacement Killers (1998)
as Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Deceiver (1997)
as Detective Edward Kennesaw
Keys to Tulsa (1997)
as Keith Michaels
Rosewood (1997)
as Sheriff Walker
Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
as Michael Rooker
Song of Hiawatha (1997)
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
as Uncle Earle
The Trigger Effect (1996)
as Gary
Back to Back (1996)
as Bob Malone
Mallrats (1995)
as Mr. Jared Svenning
Johnny and Clyde (1995)
as Frank Tennant
The Hard Truth (1994)
as Jonah Mantz
Suspicious (1994)
as Attendet
Tombstone (1993)
as Sherman McMasters
Cliffhanger (1993)
as Hal Tucker
The Dark Half (1993)
as Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Afterburn (1992)
as Casey 'Z' Zankowski
JFK (1991)
as Bill Broussard
Days of Thunder (1990)
as Rowdy Burns
Music Box (1989)
as Karchy Laszlo
Sea of Love (1989)
as Terry
L.A. Takedown (1989)
as Bosko
Mississippi Burning (1988)
as Frank Bailey
Eight Men Out (1988)
as Arnold 'Chick' Gandil
Above the Law (1988)
as Man in Bar
Rent-a-Cop (1987)
as Joe
Light of Day (1987)
as Oogie
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
as Henry
The Dark Tower ()
Portrait: The Making of Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer ()
as Self
White Elephant ()
as Gabriel Tancredi
The Outer Limits: The New Series: Time Travel and Infinity ()
as Colonel Beckett
Corrective Measures ()
as Warden Devlin

Production Credits

Pennhurst (2012)